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  • 14 Mar 2020 4:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    March 13, 2020

    KATS Members and KATS Kamp registrants,

                In the spirit of providing a safe learning environment for our science community, the Kansas Association of Teachers of Science organization is cancelling the 2020 KATS Kamp.  This professional development conference was to be held at Ft. Hays State University on April 24-25, 2020.  We regretfully will not be rescheduling the conference for this year.  This decision was not made lightly, and we are committed to the health and safety of participants.  That being said, here are some updates:

    • KATS Kamp 2021 will be held at the K-State Olathe Campus (22201 W. Innovation Drive, Olathe, KS 66061) on April 23-25th
    • KATS Board Members:  Look for an upcoming email about our spring Board Meeting.
    • KATS Members:  Look for an email about positions that will be open on the Board for the 2020-21 school year and voting procedures.
                Thanks to all of our vendors, presenters and registrants…we value your continuing support of providing quality professional development for Kansas teachers.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at president@kats.org

    Yours in Science Education,

    Nancy Smith, President

    KATS 2019-2020



  • 17 Feb 2020 5:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you are reading this KATS news item, so are dozens, maybe hundreds of others who are interested in teaching and learning natural science in Kansas.  If you are also a KATS member you have the ability to publish your own news on the KATS website.  Simply log in as a member, select the "NEWS" tab on the main menu, and publish your news.  That's all there is to it.  You may also submit your item by email to webmaster@kats.org. 

  • 17 Feb 2020 5:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Second Annual Art Auction...Wendell G Mohling Foundation

                                 Fundraiser

    The Wendell G Mohling Foundation is hosting the second annual Art Auction Fundraiser, March 21, 2020, at Holy Field Winery, 18807 158th St. Basehor, KS.  All proceeds benefit the Foundation, whose mission is to support science education in Kansas by awarding an annual scholarship to a K-12 Kansas Science teacher to use in attending a National Science Teaching Association conference.

    Bidder registration and item viewing begins at 2pm.  Auction begins at 3:00.  Approximately 30 items of original or limited edition art will be offered, including: watercolor, oil, acrylic, pen and ink, photography, textiles, jewelry, turned wood, wood carvings and collectible prints.  Our New limited quantity collectible wine glass, commemorating the Wendell G Mohling Foundation will be showcased and offered for sale at this event. Wine by Holy Field Vineyards and music by LaJoie.

    This auction is a live auction. In addition we will also have a direct sale table with a few choice items which you can purchase without bidding. 

    For additional information, visit our website: wendellmohlingfoundation.com.  In addition, see Facebook event to view auction items: https://www.facebook.com/events/1039152509901912 

    To contact the Foundation, mohlingfoundation@gmail.com or 785-764-9625. 

     

  • 17 Feb 2020 5:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Silent Auction - Wendell G Mohling Foundation

    Once again, Wendell G Mohling Foundation will be hosting its annual fundraiser Silent Auction at the meeting in Hays, KS.  We will be open from 7:15am Saturday to 1:00pm.  All proceeds benefit the Mohling Foundation. We award one K-12 Kansas science teacher, $700 to use to attend an NSTA conference of their choice in the year they win.  Since 2006, we have been issuing these scholarships to a KATS member. 

    The award is named in honor of Wendell G Mohling, a Kansas high school Biology and Student Naturalist teacher, who was also president of KATS, NSTA,  1983 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Math, 1985 NASA Teacher in Space from Kansas and Space Ambassador, plus numerous other awards.  But he never forgot his Kansas roots or his love of teaching Science.  He valued the experiences he gained attending national science teacher conferences.

    So, when you come to KATS KAMP in April, if you have something you would like to contribute to the auction, please let me know and bring it along with you.  We will gladly accept your donation. 

    As usual, we encourage you to "bid high and bid often".  You must be present to pay for and pick up the items you win.  We accept cash, checks and credit cards.  We do pass along the 4% transaction fee, which the foundation is charged.  The generosity of KATS  members is appreciated and passed along to all our recipients.   Thank you. 

    Keep in touch via Facebook: Wendell G Mohling Foundation.  Website : wendellmohlingfoundation.com.  Email: mohlingfoundation@gmail.com. 785-764-9625 Carol Mohling

  • 17 Feb 2020 5:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ADVENTURE IN THE SUBATOMIC UNIVERSE an inaugurual lecture by KU physicist Alice Bean, is open and free to the public at Alderson Auditorium of the KU Memorial Union on February 25 at 5:30 pm.  Reception follows at 6:30.  Dr. Bean has participated in subatomic particle research  with the Large Hadron Collider and has collaborated in presenting the results of this research to young and old via a series of website games under the title of Quarks for Kids

  • 13 Feb 2020 11:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Apply for a two week stipend-supported Summer Institute integrating technology and history!

    July 20-July 31, 2020 NEH Summer Institute for Teachers

    Apply to join history, science and technology teachers from across the United States for a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for Teachers: The Cold War Through the Collections of the Intrepid Museum! The Summer Institute will immerse participating teachers in scholarly research as well as the artifacts and oral histories in the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s collection that embody the Cold War era. Integrating content exploring the historical context of technological innovation, the Institute will serve a national group of 25 teachers in order to deepen their understanding and increase confidence in their ability to explore the subject thoroughly, critically and engagingly with their students. 

    These projects are designed principally for full-time or part-time teachers and librarians in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, as well as home schooling parents. Museum educators and other K-12 school system personnel—such as administrators, substitute teachers, and curriculum developers—are also eligible to participate. Applicants must be United States citizens, residents of U.S. jurisdictions, or foreign nationals who have been residing in the United States or its territories for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline.

    Each participant receives a stipend of $2,100 for the two week institute.

    For more information and application instructions - https://www.intrepidmuseum.org/cold-war-collections

     
  • 11 Feb 2020 6:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello,

     

    My name is Blair Schneider and I am the Educational Outreach Manager for the Kansas Geological Survey. I am not sure who to contact at your organization about this, but we are having a fundraiser this month on February 20th as a part of the One Day. One KU campaign. The KGS is being featured, and one of the projects we are hoping to raise funds for is building free Earth Science Teaching Toolkits that can be distributed to teachers across the state, as well as provide free trainings and professional credit hours for them on how to use them.

     

    The toolkits will cover a variety of topics, including rocks, minerals, water, earthquakes, etc! You all have an amazing community, and so I wanted to see if you would be willing to advertise that this event is happening. You can learn more about the campaign here: https://kansas.scalefunder.com/gday/giving-day/18833/department/22073

     

     

    Blair Schneider, PhD

    Education Outreach Manager
  • 31 Jan 2020 8:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) Energy Office partners with the Kansas Energy Program* to provide energy education resources to K-12 schools throughout Kansas. The program has provided energy education assistance to more than 77 schools and K-12 organizations/events and 9,838 students through on-site presentations and KidWind Challenges, and through its energy equipment lending library.

    This year, the KCC Energy Office stepped it up a notch and has launched a new initiative to assist Kansas’ schools in benchmarking energy consumption through Energy Star Portfolio Manager, an online tool you can use to measure and track energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. This hands-on, project-based learning activity is intended to get students involved in learning about energy use in their schools. The Kansas Energy Program will provide personnel to conduct the initial benchmarking, and will train teachers and students in the use of Portfolio Manager. Student-led teams can then maintain the Portfolio Manager database and present the school’s progress to teachers and administration. As an additional activity, students can use energy-measuring equipment in the Kansas Energy Program’s lending library to conduct mini energy audits to see where energy may be used more efficiently.

    To gather initial data on interest in the project, we request you complete the following survey (16 questions, 3 minutes). Visit our websites to learn more about the KCC Energy Office/Kansas Energy Program partnership, and feel free to give us a call if you have any questions. Again, all activities through this KCC Energy Office initiative would be at no-cost (other than teacher time).

    Survey: https://kstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0wep6EV2DHOb4DX

    *The Kansas Energy Program is housed with Kansas State University Engineering Extension.

    Kurt Foley

    Graduate Student Intern

    Kansas Energy Program

    K-State Engineering Extension

    2323 Anderson Ave, Suite 300 | Manhattan KS 66502

    785-532-4998 (office) | 785-532-6952 (fax)

    ksenergyprog@ksu.edu | www.kansasenergyprogram.org
  • 25 Jan 2020 11:10 AM | Anonymous member

    In order to build the future workforce to meet the demands of the animal health industry, Kansas State University through a USDA grant is offering a summer "boot camp." It is geared to give teachers the basis needed to develop STEM curricula and career-related materials. Find out how you can participate by clicking link below:

     https://olathe.k-state.edu/community/k-12/animal-health-education/


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